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On the occasion of the London Design Festival, FLOS is pleased to announce the international launch of Tatou, the new family of lamps designed by Patricia Urquiola. The launch of these new designs into FLOS’ decorative collection will be celebrated at a cocktail party held in the Flos/Moroso showroom in London, 7-15 Rosebery Avenue, which was designed by Urquiola herself and officially opened in 2009.

After Chasen, the famous suspension light designed for FLOS in 2007, the East was once again Patricia’s source of inspiration in the creative genesis of Tatou. Classic antique Japanese armour becomes a model of resistance and strength, but also of dynamism, lightness and flexibility. Hence the idea of a luminaire made up of four identical elements, interwoven to form a unified dome which diffuses direct light either upwards or downwards, as well as allowing light to pass through and discretely out of it, so creating a harmonic play on light and shadow through the pattern’s perforated sections.

The name Tatou is the French word for ‘armadillo’, the surprising mammal with a
horny protective shell. Likewise, Tatou’s shell protects against annoying direct light in your eyes, but at the same time it is slender and light. Tatou is presented in floor, table and suspension models, in two different sizes and three finishes: white, black or plum dome, combined with a base that is white, black or metallic in shades of pink.

Tatou is set to become a cult product for lovers of fine design because of its synthesis of form and function, and because of its geometrical, modern and essential style, blending poetic sensitivity with expertise in production techniques.

Injection moulded methacrylate body and outer diffuser. The internal diffuser is injection moulded polycarbonate. The support is a painted steel tube.

Suspension lamp providing diffused light.
Finish: white, black and plum
Light source:
HL: 1 G9 60W ES 980lm total
Dimensions: diffuser 28 cm diam. – H 17.8 cm

Table lamp providing diffused light.
Finish: white, black and plum
Light source:
HL: 1 G9 60W ES 980lm total
Dimensions: diffuser 28 cm diam. – 178 cm H
Total H: 50 cm
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